Author(s): Shaun Tan
Cicada works in an office, dutifully working day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his co-workers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens...A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked, from Australia's most acclaimed picture book creator.
Tan's latest masterpiece (one of two due for 2018) is the tale of Cicada - a data entry clerk in a bleak, colourless city. After seventeen years, it's time to retire. Cicada's life hasn't been kind - but the end of one life cycle is only the beginning of another. A short, simple tale loaded with meaning, finished with the quote:
"Calm and serene/ the sound of the Cicada/ penetrates the rock" - Matsuo Bash? (1644-94).
The second book, Tales from the Inner City - a companion to Tales from Outer Surburbia, is due in October.